empireShe would no doubt have been hoping to get something a little special for her birthday.

And Empire star Grace Gealey ended up with a new fiance after accepting co-star Trai Byer’s shock proposal as she turned 31 on Sunday..

The saucy starlet, who plays Anika Calhoun in the soap opera, is said to have been grinning from ear-to-ear after the hunk got down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage.

A source told Us Weekly: ‘He surprised her on her birthday. He popped the question and she was totally surprised and elated.

‘She can’t stop looking at the ring. They celebrated all night.’

It is certainly clear the pair were enjoying a very special night together, as her other half posted an Instagram picture which showed them revelling together and some of their other co-stars.

The 32-year-old captioned the image: ‘Had so much fun celebrating @gracegealey’s life!! Happy Birthday to an exquisite human being.’

And after thanking the Chicago eatery where they had enjoyed their night, he also dropped a hint about their proposal by saying they had an ‘UNFORGETTABLE night.’

Trai plays the son of Terrance Howard’s character Lucious Lyon, a former drug dealer turned hip hop mogul who is the CEO of Empire Entertainment.

He is one of three son’s hoping to win their father’s approval to take over the business.

The show has been a runaway success for Fox, with 17.62 million viewers tuning in to see the show’s season one finale in March.

Daily Mail